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Trey Songz - 100% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Tremaine Aldon Neverson, 28 November 1984, Petersburg, Virginia, USA. This smooth-voiced R&B artist was initially inspired by rap music but was encouraged to concentrate on singing by his family and friends. At the age of 15 he met his mentor, noted soul producer Troy Taylor, who coached the young teenager in vocal techniques and landed him his first break in 2004 by sec Read more

Ne-Yo - 99% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Shaffer Chimere Smith, 18 October 1982, Camden, Arkansas, USA. This R&B singer-songwriter began his music career in the late 90s as a songwriter, co-writing material for an impressive number of artists including Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, Jamie Foxx, Rihanna and Tyrese. His most notable success was as co-author of Mario’s 2004 chart-topper ‘Let Me Love Yo Read more

Chris Brown - 81% match to Usher

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Christopher Maurice Brown, 5 May 1989, Tappahannock, Virginia, USA. This precociously talented R&B singer was still only 16 when his debut single ‘Run It!’ climbed to the top of the mainstream chart in late 2005. Brown’s smooth vocals, clean-cut good looks and dancing ability immediately led many media commentators to herald Brown as the new Usher.

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Mario - 75% match to Usher

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Mario Barrett, 27 August 1986, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This teenage R&B sensation rose to prominence in 2002. Mario decided at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in entertainment, as he began utilizing a karaoke machine and tinkering on his mother’s piano. Soon he began emulating renowned artists such as Usher and Stevie Wonder, and performed at numero Read more

Ginuwine - 59% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, 15 October 1970 (1975 is also cited), Washington, DC, USA. Talented R&B performer Ginuwine began his musical apprenticeship at the age of 12, performing at parties and (illegally) at bars with his friends in the neighbourhood outfit, Finesse Five. From this he progressed to a solo act, which was initially built around impersonations of his childhood Read more

R. Kelly - 58% match to Usher

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Robert Sylvester Kelly, 8 January 1967 (1969 is also cited), Chicago, Illinois, USA. This urban R&B singer-songwriter and producer first made an impact in 1991 with his band Public Announcement, and has since become one of America’s most successful solo artists.Kelly grew up in the housing projects of Chicago’s South Side, but channelled Read more

Omarion - 57% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 2000s
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Omari Ishmael Grandberry, 12 November 1984, Inglewood, California, USA. Vocalist Omarion launched his solo career at the start of 2004 following the surprise break-up of his former group, the highly successful R&B boy band B2K. His solo work followed the direction of B2K’s US number 1 hit ‘Bump, Bump, Bump’, a raunchy collaboration with P. Diddy written by Read more

Jamie Foxx - 55% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Eric Bishop, 13 December 1967, Terrell, Texas, USA. Actor, comedian and R&B singer Jamie Foxx overcame a difficult upbringing to become one of the most prominent American performers of his generation. Adopted by his grandparents shortly after his birth, Eric Bishop endured a troubled adolescence to win a scholarship to study classical piano at the prestigious Juilliard S Read more

Lloyd - 55% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Lloyd Harlin Polite Jnr., 3 January 1986, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Polite, who grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, was singing from an early age. His precocious vocal talents resulted in an offer to join the teen pop group N-Toon, a unit assembled in 1996 by Joyce Irby of 80s soulsters Klymaxx. N-Toon never made much of a commercial impact and split up not long after releasing Read more

Boyz II Men - 49% match to Usher

Genres: Dance Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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This versatile close-harmony soul unit enjoyed an almost unprecedented level of success during the early 90s, beginning with 1991’s US Top 3 debut single ‘Motownphilly’. The original line-up comprised Wanya ‘Squirt’ Morris (29 July 1973, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Michael ‘Bass’ McCary (b. 16 December 1971, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Read more

Monica - 49% match to Usher

Genres: Dance R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Monica Denise Arnold, 24 October 1980, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Alongside Brandy, Monica was the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid-to late 90s. Monica Arnold grew up in the College Park suburb of Atlanta, and was immersed in gospel music from an early age. Her mother was a church singer, and by the age of 10 Monica was the Read more

Tyrese - 49% match to Usher

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Urban & Rap
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Tyrese Darnell Gibson, 30 December 1978, Los Angeles, California, USA. This photogenic urban R&B singer is also a highly successful model and actor. Gibson grew up in Los Angeles’ tough Watts ghetto, gaining his big break when he starred in a 1997 advertisement for Coca-Cola. RCA Records won the ensuing scramble for Tyrese’s signature, and were rewarded when hi Read more

Brandy - 46% match to Usher

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brandy Norwood, 11 February 1979, McComb, Mississippi, USA. Among the best of the crop of female urban singers to emerge in the mid-90s, Brandy soon established herself as a multi-media star. Her career in entertainment began early - at the age of 15 she was nominated for a Youth In Film Award for her portrayal of schoolgirl Denesha in the ABC television situation comedy The Read more

Ashanti - 45% match to Usher

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas, 13 October 1980, Glen Cove, New York, USA. For urban R&B singer Ashanti it has been a case of third time lucky. Her honey-toned voice and striking looks landed her a recording contract with Jive Records at the age of 14, then again with Epic Records at 17, but neither of those deals came to fruition. It was when she was noticed by Murder Inc. m Read more

Joe - 45% match to Usher

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Joe Lewis Thomas, 5 July 1973, Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. Raised to sing gospel by his minister father, Joe Thomas has graduated to become one of the leading artists on the American urban R&B market in the late 90s and early 00s.As a youth Thomas decided to move away from vocal, guitar and piano chores at his father’s church in Opelika, Alabama, Read more

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